Serbia: Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Serbia

EU Twinning

Project Manager: Michael Poulsen
Junior Project Manager: Karin Friehe
RTA: Janne Hedegaard
Responsible at the IRZ: Franziska Simon, Annette Conrad

Under the leadership of the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO), the IRZ is the junior partner responsible for the EU twinning project “Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Serbia”. The project was launched in February 2019 and will run for a total of 24 months, with a budget of EUR 1.5 million.

The project partner in Serbia is the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications.

The overriding objective of the project is to support the Republic of Serbia in aligning its standards for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights with established EU practices, in order to conduct effective accession negotiations and successfully manage all the integration and pre-accession assistance from the EU. In addition, a functioning system for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights will be set up and adapted to suit EU standards and procedures. These project guidelines are being implemented thanks to regular seminars, workshops and study visits, in close cooperation with the relevant Serbian project partners. The expert team behind the project consortium is essentially made up of employees from the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO), experts from the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) and from German customs authorities and judges at the German Federal Patent Court.

Funded by the European Union

Serbia: Improving capacities and capabilities within the prison system in the Republic of Serbia

The Twinning project’s kick-off event to improve the penal system in Serbia: H.E. Sem Fabrizi, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia; Nela Kuburović, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Serbia; Catalin Bejan, Resident Twinning Advisor; H.E. Dr. Wolfgang Brandstetter, Vice-Chancellor of Austria; Katharina Tegeder, IRZ
The Twinning project’s kick-off event to improve the penal system in Serbia: H.E. Sem Fabrizi, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia; Nela Kuburović, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Serbia; Catalin Bejan, Resident Twinning Advisor; H.E. Dr. Wolfgang Brandstetter, Vice-Chancellor of Austria; Katharina Tegeder, IRZ

EU Twinning

Project leader: Krista Schipper
Junior project leader: Dr. Rolland Miklau
RTA: Samuli Laulumaa
Responsible at the IRZ: Bojana Tadić, Katharina Tegeder, Dr. Stefan Pürner

The IRZ is carrying out this EU Twinning project with the support of the Austrian AED as a junior partner. It is part of the “Strategy for the Improvement of the System of Execution of Criminal Sanctions in the Republic of Serbia until 2020” adopted by the Serbian government on 23 December 2013 and has a total budget of EUR 1 million.

The project aims to provide support in three key areas:

  • Organisational and institutional support for the “Centre for Training and Vocational Training of Detainees”
  • Improvement of expertise and competencies of prison staff
  • Education and training of female inmates of the women’s detention centre in Požarevac

The implementation of the project began on 4 July 2017 with the arrival of the Resident Twinning Advisor at the Centre for Training and Vocational Education of the Administration for Enforcement of Penal Sanctions in Niš and was opened with an official ceremony in September 2017 at the Palata Srbije (Palace of Serbia in Belgrade).

With the first activities in 2017, we have been able to build a solid foundation for the successful implementation of future missions, as some of the important and binding results have already been achieved:

  • Analysis of the legal situation with recommendations on improving the organisational and technical capacities for the “Centre for Training and Vocational Education of the Administration for Enforcement of Penal Sanctions”
  • Analysis of training needs for employees in the penitentiary system
  • Analysis of the current status of the probation assistance system in Serbia with recommendations on the most effective post-release modalities
  • Organisation and implementation of a study visit to Austria for the staff of the Serbian Ministry of Justice

The beneficiary of the project is the Serbian Ministry of Justice (Directorate for Enforcement in the Penitentiary System), the client is the Central Office for Financing and Contracting at the Serbian Ministry of Finance (CFCU).

Funded by the European Union